Rack Inspection

Rack Inspection

Ensure the safety of your team and the structural integrity of your racking – let us inspect your pallet racking and reduce the risk factor!

Our Racking Inspection Team can help you comply with a range of OHS & E requirements and maintain your racking so you can save money. We'll work with you to identify and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce overall risk to the business.

We will provide you a detailed assessment of your racking and present strategies that will reduce those risks. Our assessments are conducted in accordance with Australian Standards, and our rack inspection team has over 50 years combined experience in racking and warehouse solutions.

Rack & Shelving Inspection Objectives:

  • Creating value for a customer
  • Ensuring a structural integrity
  • Reducing risks
  • Compliance with OHS & E requirements

AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS4084-12

AS4084-12: Covers all static racking with the exception of drive in and drive through racking as well as cantilever and mobile racking. Section 9.2 Inspections.

Inspections shall be carried out on a regular basis,  at least once every 12 months to:

  • Ensure the correct application and use of the equipment;
  • Ensure that safe working loads are adhered to;
  • Ensure that the racking installation has not been altered. A copy of the load application and configuration drawings shall be retained for this purpose
  • Examine the out of plumb of the racking;
  • Examine for any dislocation and deformation of sections and connections for uprights and beams;
  • Examine connectors for deformation or signs of cracking at the welds.

Taking it step by step

  • Standard

    Standard

    The Australian Standard AS4084-12 outlines how storage systems must be designed and calculated by all manufacturers, and it also clearly defines all responsibilities that storage rack users must follow.

    The rigidity of racks is not the only issue in terms of their design, but is to a large extent influenced by conditions of use and also whether they are regularly maintenance.

    Most of these aspects are described in detail in the standard. Regular inspections are clearly identified as the responsibility of the user.

    Proper checking and regular inspections of the racks is a must. Even small defects that have been left unprepared over some time can lead to increased costs at a later date, or serious accidents may occur if these repairs are neglected.

    Every manager's key task is to exercise due diligence to avoid risks and unnecessary costs.

  • Storage systems and their risks

    Storage systems and their risks

    Storage systems are metal storage structures and many of the dangers are often greatly underestimated by users. The structure collapsing is one of the greatest risks.

    These systems tend to suffer from one of two problems - either the calculation of the structural rigidity is taken under perfect conditions so future problems are not defined, or in many cases it is the negligence of users.

  • Collective negligence of users

    Collective negligence of users

    Even though a pallet racking system appears to be strong and sturdy with its solid appearance when loaded, it is nothing more than a free-standing structure.

    The stability is only ensured by the rigidity of the individual components and the soundness of all joints and the floor anchoring system.

    To make sure the forces and all loads are properly taken up and evenly distributed, the structures must be near perfect overall geometry from time of construction.

    All racking is subject to a large number of forces on a daily basis: vibrations by the forklift truck or by pallets, local impacts / shocks, pushing and pulling forces during loading or rough placement of pallets, minor collisions, etc.

  • The inspection of all industrial storage systems

    The inspection of all industrial storage systems

    The importance of logistics with the speed with which work has to be completed is so big that the inspection and condition of storage systems is something that should never be neglected.

  • Maintenance - Permanent and systematic

    Maintenance - Permanent and systematic

    Regular maintenance of all pallet racking systems is a must in keeping them safe. All of your pallet rack should be checked at regular intervals and also must be used carefully. Regular inspections lead to the identification of faulty or damaged components which should be replaced immediately.

    Also of crucial importance is that your storage racks are correctly and regularly maintained and provide a safe workplace environment. This is a must that in the case of the occurrence of a serious accident and an investigation takes place as to the cause.

    As well as your responsibility for monitoring the warehouse staff to identify and report any faults it is highly recommended that inspection be performed by a trained technician.

  • The One Stop Inspection service

    The One Stop Inspection service

    Inspection is performed in accordance with local industry standards by qualified inspectors who will provide a detailed inspection report.

    The inspection by our One Stop inspector, should take place to a maximum of 12 months. At the completion of this inspection, a detailed report is provided with the description and general condition of the installation (floor, usage, lifting device, load).

    We will also provide an overview and the measures required to take plus which are classified into risk categories according to the severity of damage and the urgency of repair.

    Our inspectors are familiar with all materials, and based on a number of objective criteria stipulated by the standard, we can then classify and evaluate many forms of deformation and damage. (anchoring systems, protection systems, safety pins, yokes and beams).

    For many of the above reasons, it would be very surprising that these structures could remain in a perfect condition for a long period of time. With these exceptional loads they will be subject to damage and deformation over a gradual period of time.

    They will also lose their geometric structure that makes them stable and so will gradually start to lose their capacity for absorption and resilience.